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May 5, 2010 | By Ben Fritz, Los Angeles Times
Apparently Hollywood didn't get the memo that prices are supposed to stay low in a slumping economy. The National Assn. of Theatre Owners reported Tuesday that the average ticket price in the first quarter was $7.95, up 8% from $7.35 in the same period last year. That's the largest year-over-year increase since the association started tracking quarterly ticket price data in 2001. The increase comes as consumer prices have risen modestly in the nation. In 2009, the consumer price index rose just 2.7% before seasonal adjustment, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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BUSINESS
December 11, 2007
Sales in the U.S. and Canada, Dec. 7-9: Movie (studio): 1. The Golden Compass (New Line) 3-day gross (millions): $25.8 Total (millions): $25.8 Venues: 3,528 Average per venue: $7,308 Weeks: 1 -- Movie (studio): 2. Enchanted (Disney) 3-day gross (millions): $10.7 Total (millions): $83.9 Venues: 3,520 Average per venue: $3,042 Weeks: 3 -- Movie (studio): 3. This Christmas (Sony) 3-day gross (millions): $5.0 Total (millions): $42.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 22, 2003 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
Doubleday and CBS are trading sharp words over CBS' surprise Saturday broadcast of a special on the making of its upcoming movie about the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, which upset the publisher's carefully crafted media plan to launch a book on the topic. Both CBS and Doubleday have rights to a portion of the Smart story, CBS for its Nov. 9 movie "The Elizabeth Smart Story" and Doubleday for a book on the ordeal, to be published Tuesday, from the Utah teen's parents, Ed and Lois Smart.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 24, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Lady Gaga is keeping busy, and not just from touring and working on her highly anticipated album, “ARTPOP” - the singer is crafting a jazz album with iconic crooner Tony Bennett. Gaga confirmed the long rumored project on Twitter when she posted a picture of her and Bennett, who attended President Obama's Staff Ball on Tuesday with her and joined her later onstage. "And here's me and my handsome date, I simply cannot wait for our album together, he's my darling!" she wrote . News that a joint album between the two - who previously worked together on "The Lady Is a Tramp" off his 2011 release "Tony Bennett: Duets II” - leaked late last year.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 9, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Even though her episodes have yet to hit the airwaves, Nicki Minaj's addition to the “American Idol” panel has already been one of the competition's more polarizing decisions during its decade-plus history. Fans of the aging singing competition were vocal about what the entertainer -- known for  bawdy, razor-sharp raps, colorful wigs and eye-popping garb a la Lady Gaga -- could bring to the panel, especially after the ballyhooed signing of pop diva Mariah Carey. Online commenters questioned her ability to offer credible criticism to aspiring singers, given her hip-hop background, while others felt she shouldn't be on a panel with an industry veteran such as Carey.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 8, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Months before Kendrick Lamar released his critically lauded major-label debut, “good kid, m.A.A.d city,” the Compton rapper collaborated on a couple tracks with one of the biggest pop stars in the world, Lady Gaga. One of the collaborations between the label mates-turned-friends (both are with Interscope Records),  “Partynauseous,” didn't make the cut due to label holdups and creative differences. The other, the original version of “Bitch Don't Kill My Vibe,” was leaked by Gaga to her fans on Twitter on Wednesday night.
NEWS
June 2, 2005 | Valli Herman, Times Staff Writer
Here's the choice: You can rush across town to the megaplex, wait in separate lines for $5 parking, $14 tickets and $6 popcorn, only for the pleasure of a loudmouth talking over all the best dialogue. Or, you can slide the latest DVD from Netflix into your 12-speaker, high-definition home theater system, order a pizza and become one with your La-Z-Boy and fantasies of being as funny as Vince Vaughn. Face it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1988
As a strike by Hollywood writers entered its second day, negotiators for the Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers met Tuesday under the auspices of a federal mediator. Spokesmen for the two sides did not disclose whether progress was made during the daylong session at the mediator's office in Los Angeles. The talks were to resume Thursday in alliance headquarters in Sherman Oaks.
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